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crucian carp

[kroo-shuh n] /ˈkru ʃən/
noun
1.
a common cyprinid, Carassius carassius, that closely resembles the wild form of goldfish, occurring in streams in most parts of Europe and northern Asia.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; earlier crusion, probably < Low German (with plural ending -en interpreted as singular) Krunsch, Kruutsch, Middle Low German Karûsse (compare Dutch Karuts, German Karausche), perhaps ultimately < Latin coracīnus < Greek korakînos a fish of the Nile
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